High Five keeps parents and children coming back to Chandler Public Libraries, in person or not! High Five is an early literacy promotion that introduces five key concepts: Talk, Sing, Read, Write and Play. But there's more to say about early literacy! Read on to learn about picture books we LOVE!
Sharing picture books with young children encourages conversation, creates a connection between reader and child and develops listening skills. What’s not to love about all that? Sharing books that mirror the child’s surroundings allows a child to see themselves and their family in a positive light. Sharing books that represent different cultures, skin colors and beliefs allows children to develop positive insights about others. Diversity in picture books is a win-win for all children, and in celebration of Valentines Day and Black History Month here are some picture books that we just love!
Jabari Tries by Gaia Cornwall
"Jabari is inventing a machine that will fly all the way across the yard! But making it go from CRASH to WHOOSH will take grit, patience and maybe even a little help from his sister." - Amazon.com
The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson
Other students laugh when Rigoberto, an immigrant from Venezuela, introduces himself, but later he meets Angelina and discovers that he is not the only one who feels like an outsider.
I Got the School Spirit by Schofield Morrison
As a new school year begins, a young girl is filled with school spirit – she zips her book bag shut, rides the bus, enjoys her classes and eagerly anticipates the next day.
Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats
“In this charming sequel to The Snowy Day, an older and wiser Peter wants to learn to whistle. Wouldn’t it be the perfect way to call his dog Willie? Peter tries so hard to whistle that his cheeks hurt, but he doesn’t give up. With a very light hand and his legendary illustrations, Keats creates a world in which effort yields results.” – Ezra Jack Keats Foundation
Cool Cuts by Mechal Renee Roe
An illustrated, joyful celebration of African American boys' hairstyles.
My Brother Charlie by Holly Robinson Peete
A girl tells what it’s like living with her twin brother who has autism and sometimes finds it hard to communicate with words, but who, in most ways, is just like any other boy. Includes author’s note about autism.